With monsoon here, Mumbai’s temperature and pollutants ranges are at clean lows, but once more, dreadful flooding, infrastructure collapses and loss of lives mar the season. And again, Mumbaikars are blaming the government and its corporations for passing the greenback. Nobody wants to address the elephant in the room: steady failure in urban planning.
It’s being penny sensible and pounds foolish to suppose that yr on 12 months, the BMC will maintain pumping water into the sea when the larger troubles remain unchallenged. Social media and news coverage have identified a number of grave happenings inside the town, however, the tedious efforts of the civic authorities stay hidden from the public eye.
Many Mumbaikars are oblivious to the fact that the metropolis acquired greater than the month’s common rainfall in just two days. The British-era typhoon water drains, designed for 25-30 mm rain in line with hour, unsurprisingly, could not deal with over 500 mm rain in an afternoon, leaving the BMC to pump out a whopping 14,000 million liters into the ocean. No town in the world could have been organized for this. But sturdy planning offers global towns the ability to cope with herbal screw ups some distance extra successfully.
In spite of witnessing huge losses of lifestyles and assets every year, the Greater Mumbai’s Development Plan 2034 is oblivious to troubles of climate change, and could most effective worsen the state of affairs. Instead of aiming for improvement, DP 2034 casts apart crying desires of the metropolis for terrible developer-led making plans.
Despite repeated coaxing by way of stakeholders and civil society organizations to urgently address flooding, augment open spaces and boom infrastructural capacities, DP 2034 is fixated on maximizing built improvement and amplified concretizing of land. Flood-prone areas identified in the 2015 current land use survey have not handiest been not noted inside the DP, however, have instead been exacerbated by reckless built improvement. Climate trade has been loosely tagged on to every record, however not one report seeks energetic guidelines to mitigate its impact.
The DP promotes extraordinarily excessive floor area index (FSI) and significantly diluted development control regulations (DCRs). Foolishly, it lets in for each rectangular inch to be constructed upon with podiums and basements, releasing builders of the onus to offer open areas, for this reason leaving no space for water to percolate evidently.
The state, subverting a 2013 Supreme Court judgment, has absolutely removed the want for a Comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment of big-scale concretization? Meanwhile, BMC’s protected herbal regions have been unfolded for improvement via sincerely doing away with the “now not” from “now not amenable to improvement”.
We cannot keep ignoring advert-hoc constructed development, that’s unaccompanied through a commensurate boom in infrastructure and open areas. Urban making plans and DCR want to be looked at via the lens of Right to Life (Article 21, Constitution of India), aiming for fairness and empowerment of Greater Mumbai’s 12.44 million citizens, rather than facilitating earnings for some.
Although the city has fared incredibly nicely this time, thanks to BMC body of workers’ toiling, next time won’t be as forgiving. If we do no longer call for an extra sustainable destiny now, the authorities will hold to erode our town and the lifestyles of future generations.